Of Counsel

Stephen M. Margolin

    Stephen M. Margolin
    Practice Areas

    Corporate Transactions & Business Law
    Estate Planning & Asset Protection
    Tax & Employee Benefits

    Education

    The John Marshall Law School, J.D. (1964)

    University of Illinois, B.S. (1957)

    Bar & Court Admissions

    Illinois (1964)

    U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (1964)

    Wisconsin (1996)

     Stephen M. Margolin
    1935 – 2019

    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. Visit Steve’s memorial to leave condolences.

    For inquiries regarding Steve’s practice, please contact Pat Gilliand of Chuhak & Tecson at 312 855 4317.


    Stephen Margolin was in an Of Counsel position with Chuhak & Tecson where his business straddled three areas of law—estate planning, employee benefits and corporate transactions.

    He represented family-owned and closely held companies and had extensive experience in multiple generational trust work, sophisticated estate plans, GRATs, QPRTs, charitable trusts, private foundations and family limited partnerships.

    Steve's office had IRS-qualified over 500 employee benefit plans, including profit-sharing plans, 401(k)s, defined-benefit plans, money-purchase pension plans, ESOPs and cafeteria plans.

    In two different rating services, Steve had been selected by his peers to be among the top five percent of lawyers in Illinois—making him a Leading Lawyer every year since 2004, in addition to being named a 2008 Super Lawyer. He was rated AV, the highest ranking by Martindale-Hubbell, one of the oldest and best-known catalogs of lawyers in the United States, and was listed in Marquis Who’s Who in America.

    Steve wrote over 30 articles and  lectured throughout the country on topics such as sophisticated wealth transfer/estate planning, asset protection planning, taxation and pension planning. 

    Steve’s experience as a former field agent, instructor and lecturer on advanced tax theory for the Internal Revenue Service gave him a perspective that uniquely qualified him to counsel clients on tax matters.

    He often served as a favored witness in life insurance settlement cases.